Symbiosis – Erotics
Zheng Bo + Geumhyung Jeong
21 October – 28 November 2021
Part of Open Studio Symbiosis
The project Symbiosis – Erotics presents two artists with diverse body of work, that yet share similar interest in symbiotic methods, where human and non-human live and act in proximity: Zheng Bo in relation to the plant kingdom (plants and trees), and Geumhyung Jeong in relation to the machinic domain (various objects; from domestic technology to robotics). In their embodied queer and erotic practices – where in this project movement, dance and performance are emphasized – they produce transgressive intra-actions and bewildering bonds between multitudes of bodies (human as more-than-human). Through these tangible practices, they accentuate the manipulative potential of performative acts, as they paradoxically humanize the non-human body only to simultaneously estranging it, where both bodies emerge anew. This procedure opens for a field of co-activity between human and non-human bodies, where, if not binary oppositions between object and subject dissolves, they become ambiguous and porous. The merging of bodies into multiple formations highlights the dynamics of an extended network of encounters of different matter, or in other words the politics of an intertwined world.
The project is carried out in an open studio format, where the artists and curators invite the public to take part of the on-going research process of Zheng: An Ecosexual Dance in Högsveden and of Jeong: Small Tour, presented in different formats such as exhibition, performance, seminar, screenings and talks. The project is curated, facilitated, and organized by Rickard Borgström and Rebecca Chentinell, who are invited by Färgfabriken in the frame of the project Symbiosis and Open Studio in the fall of 2021.
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH Färgfabriken, Stockholm University of the Arts – Department of Dance, Royal Institute of Art – Performance in the expanded field.
SUPPORTED BY Suomen Kulttuurirahasto, Swedish Arts Council, Taiteen edistämiskeskus, IASPIS / Swedish Arts Grants Committee – International Dance Program, Nordic Culture Fund, Frame Contemporary Art Finland, Nordic Culture Point.
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